Edelman names Kuczkowski San Francisco GM

SAN FRANCISCO: Edelman will promote Michael Kuczkowski to GM of its San Francisco office on May 1. He will replace Jay Porter, who will become global client relationship manager for the Starbucks account.

SAN FRANCISCO: Edelman will promote Michael Kuczkowski to GM of its San Francisco office on May 1. He will replace Jay Porter, who will become global client relationship manager for the Starbucks account.

Kuczkowski, currently president of Edelman Consulting, will relocate from New York. Reporting to Curt Kundred, president of Edelman's US Western region, Kuczkowski will oversee operations, financial management, client service, staffing, business growth, and overall business direction for the firm's San Francisco operation.

Before serving as president of Edelman Consulting, the agency's management counseling unit, Kuczkowski was global client relationship manager for the Pfizer account. He has worked at Edelman for 10 years.

“In the past, I've worked with a lot of these folks on an on-and-off basis, whether we had something that was digital in nature or something that was related to the tech practice. Getting a chance to roll up my sleeves and work closely with these guys is really something I'm looking forward to” Kuczkowski said.

Porter will remain in San Francisco for his new role, in which he will manage Edelman's global relationship with Starbucks. He will replace Jonathan Adashek, who has moved to an in-house general manager role at Microsoft.

“The background he has is really unique in that he brings consumer, corporate, and digital in a great way,” Kundred said. “He really does bring an expertise across all three of those spheres, that I think that makes him a great fit, and he's a great leader.”

Porter worked on Edelman's consumer team in Seattle in the past and was on the Starbucks account.

“It's a return to a lot of my former team and a client I love working on,” Porter said. “The global nature of the role and the ability to work all across the Edelman network was the other big draw.”

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